Commandments removed amid protests
Dozens of protesters wept and prayed Monday as a crane scooped up granite tablets bearing the Ten Commandments and removed them from four public schools in Adams County.

Ballpark kisser gets 4 1/2 years
It will be a long time before David Horton gets a smooch like the one May 7, when the Kiss Cam at Great American Ball Park caught the wanted man on camera in a lip-lock with his girlfriend.

Boy, 14, guilty in fatal shooting
A 14-year-old South Fairmount boy will most likely spend the rest of his childhood behind bars after pleading guilty to killing one boy, paralyzing another and slightly injuring a third when he sprayed a hail of bullets at them.

State's deficit keeps growing
COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft's budget office has blamed lower-than-hoped-for income tax returns for creating a $200 million deficit this month. That's spurred speculation that the two-year budget may be $1 billion short.

Art Fields is playing to win
Art Fields made it to the semifinals in the National Senior Tennis Olympics. Art thinks he and his partner would have won if the tournament had been two weeks later when he'd have been finished with chemotherapy.

City loses exclusion zone fight
A plan to kick convicted drug dealers out of Cincinnati neighborhoods that began seven years ago ended Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mom arrested, hid 13 kids from judge
A mother of 13 children was arrested Monday after refusing to cooperate with a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge who was trying to make sure the children were safe.
CPS adds 4 administrators
Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education added four new positions to the district's administrative team Monday night.

SW Ohio fails new smog standards
Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties are not in compliance with new state smog standards.

Church forum explores racism
FAIRFIELD - Racism in the church will be the focus of a three-day national summit expected to draw hundreds of clergy and lay people to the Tristate, starting on Wednesday.
New owners reshaping, renaming Forest Fair
FAIRFIELD - When Forest Fair Mall reopens in 2004 as Cincinnati Mills after a $70 million facelift, it won't look anything like Tri-County Mall to its east or Northgate Mall to its west.
Ann Richards bashes Bush before speech
Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards told a crowd of about 2,000 women how they could be in better shape physically and financially Monday at the Aronoff Center downtown.
Two schools designated as 'promising'
Principal Robert Schmalz has one message he constantly tells his staff at Jacobs High School: These kids don't care what you know unless they know you care.
Tristate A.M. Report
A former lawyer in the Cincinnati Solicitor's Office sued his old boss Monday, claiming the city violated his constitutional rights when he was fired for participating in a taxpayer lawsuit against the city.
Good News: Chamber joins support for arts in park
Mixing art with business will be part of the program of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Obituary: John LaVelle, served church through law
VILLA HILLS - John C. "Jack" LaVelle, a founding partner of the Deters, Benzinger & LaVelle law firm in Crestview Hills, died Sunday of esophageal cancer at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Covington.

Longtime inmate suspected in attack
HAMILTON - After serving almost 25 years in prison for murder, Oran Brumley tried to kill again, police say - and his intended victim was an elderly man who fought for his life, according to reports.

Early study results favor Liberty Twp. interchange
HAMILTON - Preliminary results of a study of the proposed eastward interchange at the Michael A. Fox Highway show that the new interchange would reduce traffic on the interstate, a Butler County transportation official said Monday.
Teen shot, officer hurt
HAMILTON - "It was a nightmare on Benninghofen Avenue," said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour.
Monroe complex won't lose water
MONROE - The water will continue to flow to residents of Monroe's largest apartment complex, city officials said Monday.

Trucker accused of 202 sex charges
LEBANON - An over-the-road truck driver accused of soliciting parents over the Internet to have sex with their children now faces 202 felony sex charges.

I-71 crash driver has 10 DUIs
LEBANON - Lee Holcomb, 37, of Mason, who was critically injured when he caused a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 71, has 10 drunken driving convictions since 1984, state patrol officials said Monday.
Mason drops ban on 2 seniors in prank
MASON - Only seven of the 11 students originally banned from graduation because of a senior prank were not allowed to participate in Saturday's ceremony.

Ohio Moments: Drug firm thrived from early start
On June 10, 1828, William Stanley Merrell opened the first apothecary shop west of the Allegheny Mountains - Western Market Drug Store - in downtown Cincinnati.

Coach & Four torn down
COVINGTON - A local landmark for more than 70 years was demolished in 45 minutes Monday, as workers tore down the former Coach & Four Restaurant near the city's Ohio riverfront.

Mayor cuts job of top city official
INDEPENDENCE - The new mayor of this fast-growing city said he is eliminating the city administrator's job to save money, prompting concern from at least one startled council member.
Priest guilty of new abuse charges
LA GRANGE, Ky. - A retired Roman Catholic priest who admitted molesting 21 children for decades pleaded guilty Monday to more abuse charges.
Louisville pet stores told to quarantine
LOUISVILLE - State officials have ordered five pet stores to quarantine animals from a Chicago-area distributor believed to have been the source of an outbreak of monkeypox.
Leslie Co. man dies in mine accident
FRANKFORT - A Leslie County man died Monday in an accident at a surface mine.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Losing a generation
Cincinnati's young adults are growing up and moving out at alarming rates. Now, the flight of Generation X is prompting a significant shift in urban approach - to lure and keep the young.
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Who is Gen X?
Groups of and for young adults
Young majority on council shifting city's focus

Modern technology spreads old message
Peer into churches today and you see guest speakers being beamed in on satellite, speaker systems booming rock songs and theatrical lighting spotlighting actors performing Bible stories.

Monuments to be removed
One year after a federal court judge deemed them unconstitutional, granite tablets bearing the Ten Commandments are scheduled for removal Monday from the grounds of four high schools.
West side guide
The 10th installment of our 'Great Neighborhoods' series showcases the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make the west side a great place to live.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.